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  • ID: I05563
  • Name: Henry Thomas Lewis
  • Sex: M
  • ALIA: Crip /Lewis/
  • Birth: 1 FEB 1842 in Greene County, Alabama
  • Death: 24 AUG 1928 in Burnet, Burnet County, Texas
  • Burial: Lewis Cemetery, Spicewood, Burnet County, Texas
  • Note:
    Pvt in Capt. Banks Co. A, 2 Regiment CSA.

    Note, several sources list his middle name as Thomas rather than Thompson.

    AN OLD TIMER DIES

    On Friday, August 24th, when H. T. Lewis was called hence by death aft er an illness of many months, the community was bereft of one of its olde st and most highly respected citizens. Mr. Lewis was a native of Alabam a. He was born in Green County February 1st. 1842. At the age of four yea rs he removed to Little Rock, Ark. with his parents where he lived until t he fall of 1865, when he came to Texas and located in Burnet County. The f irst work he did after he became a resident of Texas was to work in a tann ery for Mr. Peppers in the Cedar Mills community. Many of the older citize ns of the county remember Mr. Peppers and his tannery. Mr. Lewis has liv ed in the Spicewood and Smithwick communities since that time, where he re ared a family and tilled the soil. Deceased made a profession of religi on years ago and became a member of the Christian Church, and was a regul ar church goer until his health failed. He is survived by four children, t wo sons and two daughters, as follows: Mrs. S. J. Jackson and F. P. Lewi s, Smithwick, Mrs. J. F. Ripley, La Pryor, and M. H. Lewis, Spicewood.

    Mr. Lewis was a Civil War Veteran, and the activities, hardships and tria ls of that great struggle for a principle that he thought was right wh en he was fighting were just as vivid to him in his reclining years as th ey were when they were being enacted on the battlefield more than 60 yea rs ago. He was a member of Capt. Banks' Co.

    The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Jas Fry, christian minister of B urnet. Interment took place in the family cemetery near where Mr. Lewis li ved.

    This editor had known Mr. Lewis intimately for many years and we shall mi ss his friendly visits to our office in future years. He always had a ki nd word for us and said he could not "keep house without the Messenger." N ow that life's battles with him are over, may he sleep in peace. In Tex as he pioneered and endured all the hardships that the early settlers h ad to suffer. His life was a hard one because of privations and the undeve loped condition of the country. Across the divide may he be haled as o ne of the faithful and hear that welcome plandit, enter thou into thy hom e, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heaven.

    Additional Information Per Glenda Sheppard : Henry Th omas Lewis lived in Precinct 3 of Burnet County with a P.O. at Oatme at in 1870. Later moved to Spicewood on south side of Colorado River in Bu rnet County, Texas. He established his homestead and the Lewis Cemetery.
    1846 - Moved to Little Rock, Arkansas
    1865 - Moved to Burnet Co.,Texas from Saline County, Arkansas
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    Following from Henry Thomas Lewis Confederate Soldier by Janet Lewis Crain
    http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~craingen/htlewis.html

    Henry Thomas Lewis was born on February 1, 1843 in Green County, Alabama to Francis Wesley and Jane (Thompson) Lewis. His paternal grandparents were Nathaniel and Sarah (Harris) Lewis. His paternal great grandparents were Edward and Mary (Bressie) Lewis and Charles and Sarah (Allen) Harris. His maternal grandparents were Henry Butt Thompson and Precilla Jackson. The Thompsons were of Scots-Irish and Native American Heritage (Chickasaw-Choctaw). The original Thompson Progenitor of American Thompsons was John Thompson, a seaman who owned his own ship, "Ranger". He died at sea in the Carribean, near Barbados, at the hands of pirates who had captured his ship. The family is said to go back to the 1400's in Scotland using the Thompson name and were thought to be of Danish origin rather than Celtic.

    Henry Thomas had a younger brother, James Polk, and two older sisters; Sarah A. and Mary Frances. The family migrated to Pulaski County, Arkansas by February, 1843 and two more children were born, Martha L. and Charles, who died very young. Jane died prior to 1853, probably from Malaria, called "Swamp Fever" by the old timers. After Jane died, Francis remarried to Judith Ann (Jennings) Duvall on May 1, 1853. Another son, Francis Washington, was born to Francis and Judith on September 13, 1855.

    With the outbreak of the Civil War, Henry Thomas is believed by some family researchers to have served in the Texas 2nd Cavalry, though his pension application does not mention the Texas 2nd. His pension application says he served in the Arkansas 20th Cavalry and recent information bears that out. See this information about the Arkansas 20th Infanty, whose activities parallel the ones he described in his pension application. He saw action at Vicksburg in July 1863, where he was badly wounded in the hip. Surgeons wanted to amputate his leg, but he refused. It was said that he reinforced his refusal by drawing a pistol he had hidden under his mattress. He recovered and fought almost another year. According to his application for pension, he fought at Jenkins Ferry in the muddy, bloody three day battle which occurred the last of April, 1864. His own father's Saline County property was endangered by the planned objective of the Red River Campaign. After their terrible losses at Poison Springs and Jenkins Ferry, the Union army retreated back to Northern Arkansas for the duration of the war and abandoned their plan to invade Texas. The Campaign had cost the Confederates badly also. Their unit was dismounted and since Henry could not walk along with the rest of the soldiers, due to the hip wound which affected him the rest of his life, he was mustered out. Soon after the end of the War, he traveled to Texas.

    The first work Henry did in Texas was at a tannery in the Cedar Mills community. In Travis County, he met and married Susan Wilkes, daughter of James Madison and Lucinda Gambill Wilkes. Their children were: Francis Porter, born September 9, 1869, Murat H. (Preach) born 1872, Rosella born 1873, Zelma born 1877, Henry Bart born 1878, Mary Irene (Mamie) and Elzie who died at age 21.

    At the time of the 1870 Census, Henry and Susan and their first born son, Francis Porter (Frank) were living in the Oatmeal Community in Burnet County. He later purchased 200 acres on the Colorado riverbank in the Spicewood area in Burnet County, paying for the purchase with gold dollars according to county records.

    Henry Thomas Lewis died in Burnet County on August 24, 1928 at the age of 86. He was buried in the Lewis Cemetery near Spicewood. He and Susan have many descendants in Texas, as well as many other localities.

    AN OLD TIMER DIES

    On Friday, August 24th, when H. T. Lewis was called hence by death after an illness of many months, the community was bereft of one of its oldest and most highly respected citizens. Mr. Lewis was a native of Alabama. He was born in Green County February 1st. 1842. At the age of four years he removed to Little Rock, Ark. with his parents where he lived until the fall of 1865, when he came to Texas and located in Burnet County. The first work he did after he became a resident of Texas was to work in a tannery for Mr. Peppers in the Cedar Mills community. Many of the older citizens of the county remember Mr. Peppers and his tannery. Mr. Lewis has lived in the Spicewood and Smithwick communities since that time, where he reared a family and tilled the soil. Deceased made a profession of religion years ago and became a member of the Christian Church, and was a regular church goer until his health failed. He is survived by four children, two sons and two daughters, as follows: Mrs. S. J. Jackson and F. P. Lewis, Smithwick, Mrs. J. F. Ripley, La Pryor, and M. H. Lewis, Spicewood.

    Mr. Lewis was a Civil War Veteran, and the activities, hardships and trials of that great struggle for a principle that he thought was right when he was fighting were just as vivid to him in his reclining years as they were when they were being enacted on the battlefield more than 60 years ago. He was a member of Capt. Banks' Co.

    The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Jas Fry, christian minister of Burnet. Interment took place in the family cemetery near where Mr. Lewis lived.

    This editor had known Mr. Lewis intimately for many years and we shall miss his friendly visits to our office in future years. He always had a kind word for us and said he could not "keep house without the Messenger." Now that life's battles with him are over, may he sleep in peace. In Texas he pioneered and endured all the hardships that the early settlers had to suffer. His life was a hard one because of privations and the undeveloped condition of the country. Across the divide may he be haled as one of the faithful and hear that welcome plandit, enter thou into thy home, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heaven.




    Father: Francis Wesley Lewis b: 1815 in Granville County, North Carolina
    Mother: Jane S. Thompson b: ABT 1815 in Choctaw Nation-Alabama (Greene County)

    Marriage 1 Susan A. Wilkes b: 7 MAR 1845 in Greene County, Indiana
    • Married: 6 DEC 1868 in Travis County, Texas
    • Note: Dates per Doris Lewis e-mail 11/5/03
    Children
    1. Has Children Elizabeth "Lizzie" Lewis b: 24 SEP 1862 in Burnet County, Texas
    2. Has Children Francis Porter Lewis b: 19 SEP 1869 in Burnet County, Texas
    3. Has No Children Merritt H. "Preach" Lewis b: 2 AUG 1872 in Burnet County, Texas
    4. Has No Children Rosella "Rose" Lewis b: 31 MAY 1873 in Texas
    5. Has Children Zelma G. Lewis b: 1877 in Burnet County, Texas
    6. Has No Children Henry Bart Lewis b: 1878 in Texas
    7. Has No Children Mary Irene "Mamie" Lewis b: ABT 1880 in Texas
    8. Has No Children Elzie Lewis b: ABT 1885 in Texas
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